The kick-off meeting of the initiative MyAfricanStartUp in cooperation with the African Development Bank (AFDB) will take place in Abidjan on May 26th and 27th 2015. For the first time, the African Development Bank opens its doors to an event exclusively dedicated to start-ups, integrating it into the official program of its annual meeting. The event starts on may 26th at “La Maison de l’Entreprise”, the new headquarters of the Confederation of the main companies of Ivory Coast (CGECI) and continues on May 27th at the “Sofitel Ivoire Hotel”. These days, organized around plenary sessions, round tables, workshops and master classes will be accentuated by entrepreneur’s pitches. The entire event can be streamed live on the Internet.
Following the announcement of this initiative at the end of 2014, the launch of MyAfricanStartUp will be the highlight of a new roadshow of 5 days, taking 50 international and African entrepreneurs from Lagos to Abidjan passing through Benin, Togo and Ghana. Traveling by “Venture Bus”, this journey gives the entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their experiences and to enhance the presentation of their innovative concept in order to demonstrate it in front of the general public and the jury of the event.
“Supported by the African Development Bank, My AfricanStartUp helps entrepreneurs to increase their influence in Africa and internationally in order to increase their growth and strengthen their expertise”, explains Christian Kamayou. Not only founders of start-up businesses from all over Africa are brought together through this event, but also the media, opinion and political leaders as well as potential investors. With the help of its airline partners Air France-KLM supports this initiative to facilitate the trip to Abidjan of several young African entrepreneurs. Another partner of MyAfricanStartUp is the the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), offering the African start-ups free online classes linked to entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the award-winner of 2015’s edition will be invited to Switzerland for a few days where he or she will be supported with his or her start-up company project.
“In a short period of time, My AfricanStartUp give us digital and event mechanisms to discover plenty of African start-ups in phase of creation or fund raising process. They are trying to prove the viability of their concept. I chose to invest in AS Food, a start-up who intend to become a multinational leader for the preservation of the agro-food products with its smart technology”, confirms Victor NONO, investor.
MyAfricanStartUp is based on two different devices for accompanying the African business creators. The first one, long lasting, is an online platform dedicated to the start-ups in Africa (www.myafricanstartup.com). This platform offers to the registered start-ups a digital visibility along the partner media, general public and potential investors. The platform also enables them to communicate online with their counterparts. The second one is an annual itinerant event between the main African capitals. During the 2015’s edition of this “caravan of the entrepreneurship”, the focus will be put on 4 themes: testimonies of successful African entrepreneurs, the mistakes to avoid, the African enterprising ecosystem and the start funding of ones activity. Lastly, training subjects about entrepreneurship for the young entrepreneurs as well as the support to succeed will be addressed by the academic partners of MyAfricanStartUp.
Press contact MyAfricanStartUp : Christian Kamayou
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